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    Speedy starlet Robinson makes dramatic bow


    Of all the Olympic adventures enjoyed by athletes down the years, few can match the drama experienced by American sprinter Betty Robinson. She was the first women’s 100m champion, she remains to t...

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    Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold


    Ville, or Willie, Ritola unfortunately played second fiddle during one of the greatest dynasties Olympic track and field has ever witnessed. Much like the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate distance ru...

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    Radke wins controversial 800m gold medal


    The Summer Olympics have seen some controversial races down the years but few that had the repercussions of the women’s 800m in the Amsterdam Games of 1928 . The race itself was an entertaining af...

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    Record-breaker Kuck lands American gold


    Throughout his school life in Kansas, John Kuck was the most prodigious of field athletes, breaking a multitude of records in all the throwing disciplines. Blessed with an agile frame and lightnin...

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    Dutch win stirring gymnastics gold


    The Netherlands achieved one of its most stirring gold medals of the 1928 Olympic Games on the home soil of Amsterdam when the women’s team gymnasts gracefully prevailed. The rigid, structured nature...

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    Williams, the fastest man in Amsterdam


    Percy Williams was the very antithesis of the modern day sprinter. While now the muscular, powerful, bulky speedsters prevail, Williams was slight and pale and looked anything but an Olympic champion ...

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    Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold


    When modern-day athletes occasionally lament a lack of training facilities they would do well to ponder the experiences of Japanese jumper Mikio Oda. Oda, from Hiroshima, would enter the history book...

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    O’Callaghan hammers opposition for emotional Irish gold


    Irish rugby player Pat O’Callaghan embodied the amateur, self-starting spirit which led to hammer success in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. He learnt the discipline using his own home-made h...

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    Youngster Lundqvist sends javelin soaring for gold


    Scandinavian dominance in the javelin has long been the preserve of the Finns yet at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam it was an agile Swede who took the plaudits. Using an explosive run-up and w...

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    Lowe proves Paris was no fluke


    When Great Britain’s Douglas Lowe won the men’s 800m gold medal at the Olympic Games in Paris, he probably was not given the credit he deserved because of an injury which hit the overwhelming favourit...


Discover the best photos of Amsterdam 1928

  • The 1928 “Céleste” club

    The football team entered victoriously by Uruguay at the 1928 Games. Andrés Mazali stands third from right


  • Winner’s medal Amsterdam 1928

    The reverse of the medal shows an athlete carried triumphantly in victory. This motif was used on the reverse of summer Olympic medals until 1968, when a different reverse was designed for the Munich 1972 Games


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    Amsterdam 1928-Italian competitors (ITA) on the boat arriving in Amsterdam.

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    Amsterdam 1928-WIDE Edvin (SWE) 3rd in 5000 m and 10000 m.

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    Amsterdam 1928-Field hockey-Count Henri DE BAILLET-LATOUR congratulating the Belgian team (BEL) 4e.

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    Amsterdam 1928-1500m-In 8th position, MARTIN Paul (SUI) 6th.